Gov. praises Senate passage of DNA databank expansion

Betty Little

February 01, 2012

February 1, 2012

By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The state Senate has emphatically passed legislation that would expand New York's criminal DNA database.

Senators voted 50-10 on Tuesday to pass the DNA Databank Expansion Bill, which would, if signed into law, require people convicted of all crimes - including misdemeanors - to submit DNA samples to the state's DNA databank. Currently, only someone convicted of a felony, or one of 36 specific misdemeanor charges, is required to submit a DNA sample.

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